Saturday, March 29, 2014

Authors Anonymous: Movie Review

A clever, documentary-styled addition to the romantic comedy genre.

“Authors Anonymous” presents a group of writers desperate for the next great idea and their moment of success; either order would be fine with them. It’s a comedy presented in documentary style, but it’s not really a mockumentary because it doesn’t parody the genre—it parodies the characters. These characters are all selfish, stupid or stubborn, or all of the above.   2014

Directed by: Ellie Kanner

Screenplay by: David Congalton

Starring: Kaley Cuoco and Chris Klein

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Barefoot: Movie Review (AKA The Wedding Guest)

Takes the road trip farther than it should, but stays together with charm, wit and great dialogue.

Barefoot, also released as The Wedding Guest, is about (fittingly enough) a barefooted wedding guest. Well, that’s a plot point. As with a lot of indie romantic comedies, it’s about two mis-matched people (or two people not well suited for life in general) who find each other and figure out what love is. Better than that premise, the film has clever lines, funny moments, and great production. 2014

Directed by: Andrew Fleming

Screenplay by: Stephen Zotnowski

Starring: Scott Speedman, Evan Rachel Wood

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Veronica Mars: Movie Review

Pulls you in with the dark comedy stylings of Veronica Mars and her crime-solving ways.

Veronica Mars is back! She thought she had escaped Neptune, California for the calmer, grown-up world of New York City; she thought she had escaped her bad boy past for the calmer, drama-less college boyfriend, Piz; but then they pulled her right back in. Even after nine years, one phone call from Logan Echolls is all it took; after all, their love is epic. It can span years and continents, lives ruined and bloodshed. 2014

Directed by: Rob Thomas

Screenplay by: Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero

Starring: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring and Enrico Colantoni

Monday, March 17, 2014

Enemy: Movie Review


An overly abstract psychological relationship drama that is not the thriller it’s supposed to be.
Presented as a psychological thriller, “Enemy” stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Adam Bell, a University professor of political history. Adam isn’t a particularly happy individual – he has hurtful sex with his girlfriend (Melanie Laurent) and avoids conversations with coworkers. But one unsuccessful avoidance leads him to an interesting discovery. When watching a recommended movie (even though he doesn’t like watching movies), he sees a small bit actor who is identical to himself. 2013

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Screenplay by: Javier Gullon
Based on the novel by Jose Saramago

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Right Kind of Wrong: Movie Review


A typical romantic comedy that loses the comedy and then loses its way.
“The Right Kind of Wrong” features a man, Leo Palamino (Ryan Kwanten), broken and worthless after his ex-wife left him. And then she wrote a blog called “Why You Suck.” And then she wrote a book based on the massively successful blog. Leo isn’t necessarily heartbroken, just annoyed. But then he meets a girl, one who can kick a football. He watched her get married and still decided he was going to win her over. 2013

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Screenplay by: Megan Martin
Based on the novel by Tim Sandlin

Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Sara Canning

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Chlorine: Movie Review


Materialistic characters get tangled up in a plot which doesn’t deliver any twists.
“Chlorine” takes place in a New England country club where people search for the “perfect” life. The mother, Georgie (Kyra Sedgwick), wants more money; the father, Roger (Vincent D’Onofrio), wants to be respected; son Henry wants to find a purpose in life; and daughter Cynthia is becoming a woman whether she wants to or not. There’s also a business guy who also wants money, a tennis instructor who wants cocaine and money, and blonde girls (of which there are too many to distinguish) who want sex. 2013

Directed by: Jay Alaimo

Screenplay by: Jay Alaimo, Matt Fiorello
Story by: Peter Tannenbaum

Starring: Kyra Sedgwick, Flora Cross, Vincent D'Onofrio